WATCH: Cubs fortunate as Braves get hosed on back-to-back plays


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ATLANTA — During the bottom of the fifth in the Chicago Cubs-Atlanta Braves game on Tuesday, the boo birds droned quite loudly at SunTrust Park and understandably so.

Losing out on a great scoring opportunity because of two highly questionable calls by two separate umpires on back-to-back plays, the Braves were left in a 1-1 deadlock with the Cubs.

Lucking out, the Cubs actually took advantage of two bad pitches from reliever Mike Montomgery. With runners on first and second for Atlanta, Braves shortstop Johan Camargo took off from third to home on a wild pitch, but Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was quick to recover the ball and pitch it to Montgomery at the dish.

Camargo appeared to touch home safely before the Montgomery tag was applied, but he was ruled out by the home-plate umpire. The Braves challenged, and, even after a video review, the call was upheld.


Soon afterward, another bad pitch by Montgomery got away from Contreras and the Braves' Charlie Culberson attempted to advance to third from second. However, Contreras was quick to the draw again and gunned down Culberson at third.

But, once more, the Braves seemed to receive the short end of the stick, as Culberson appeared to have slid in safely by a mile. With no challenge at their disposal, though, the Braves were unable to contest the call made by the third-base umpire.


The Braves were unable to score in the fifth, and Atlanta coaches, players and fans all let their frustrations be known. As for the Cubs, they dodged a bullet, indeed.


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